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Hurricane Information

Hurricane Information

The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1-Nov. 30.

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Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland. They can produce winds exceeding 155 mph as well as tornadoes and mircrobursts. Hurricanes can also create storm surges in coastal areas and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Floods and flying debris from excessive winds are just some of the deadly and destructive effects of these formidable weather events.

Before a hurricane or tropical cyclone impacts your area, you should prepare an emergency kit. Have a hurricane plan, and make sure everyone in your household knows the plan. Know your evacuation route, and fuel up and service your vehicles. Take the necessary precautions to protect your home by covering windows with permanent shutters, plywood panels or other shielding materials. Bring in any furniture, lawn fixtures or other loose items that might become a hazard in high winds. Make sure the trees and shrubs around your home are well-trimmed, and clear any loose or clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

If a tropical cyclone is likely in your area, tune to your local media for the latest developments. You can also follow Santee Cooper on Facebook and Twitter for storm- and outage-related information. Secure your home, and turn utilities off if instructed to do so. Fill any bathtubs and other large containers with water for sanitary purposes like cleaning and flushing toilets.

Recommended emergency supplies:

  • Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Important family documents (i.e. copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records)
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil


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